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How to fill the S.P.Jain profile-based form

S.P Jain (SPJIMR in full or SP as it is usually referred to) is one of the most underrated business schools in the country. One of the highlights of the S.P.Jain admissions process is that applicants have to choose their specialization at the time of application. While this might be tough for freshers who do not have enough information and self-awareness to choose a specialization, it is a boon for applicants with work experience.

Specialization Matters
The biggest advantage of such a process is during placements. The placement team will ensure that for each specialization there are enough recruiters coming on board during the placements. For example, for a person with 3-4 years of work experience in the operations sector, S.P.Jain will be a much better option than maybe even the IIMs since there will be recruiters coming down specifically to hire people with such a profile. At an IIM the placements committee does not have the responsibility to specifically find 60 niche operations jobs.

The college also enjoys having a huge locational-advantage with Mumbai being the financial capital of the country as a well as the city where the most sought after Marketing recruiters such as HUL are headquartered.


Profile-based Calls & Score-Based Calls
S.P.Jain also has two different routes through which it gives out calls after you fill in the application form, the deadline for the same is 23-November.

Profile-based Call: The first is an interview call based purely on your profile — your profile should be in line with the specialization you apply for and what recruiters hiring for that specialization look for. This shortlist is out even without a test score. Once the CAT/GMAT results are out you need to meet the criteria given in the table below.

Qualifying Criteria CAT 2020 GMAT 01 Jan 2018 – 31 Dec 2020
Overall Qualifying Criteria 85 percentile                  85 percentile
Sectional Qualifying Criteria 75 percentile 75 percentile

Score-based Call: This shortlist is released after the CAT scores are out and based purely on your CAT scores.

This goes on to show that if you get a profile-based call, you will need a lower percentile to get an interview call than if you get a score-based call.


How To Fill The S.P.Jain Application Form
A great profile needs to rank highly on the following parameters:

  •  Academic track record
  • Co-curricular & extra-curricular track record
  • Profile-specialization match

So a lot depends on making a good application that reflects each of these. We will look at a screenshot of how each component of the online application looks and then discuss the best way to go about filling it.


Academic Achievements

SPJIMR Academic Achievements

Academic achievements primarily relate to such achievements as standing in the top performers in your class at various levels, X, XII, Graduation Year or in an exam such as the NTSC or JEE or Math Olympiad.

How does one go about filling this part?

Make a list of all academic achievements. Rank order them not in chronological order but in terms of

  • Level of achievement or position you secured
  • Level of competition or perceived toughness – NTSC, Olympiads, AIEEE, JEE
  • The scale of the achievement – school, city, state, district national

In case you do not have 3 academic achievements then list co-curricular achievements such as paper-presentations, journal publications or anything that is related to your academics.

Describe in less than 50 words: Try to be as brief as possible if the achievement is something that can be easily understood. Use the remaining space to describe how this is something that you have been consistently good at. For example, you have only one top 1-5 in terms of academic achievement but you have always been driven to do well academically. Add that part in the description — throughout your education, you have stood in the top 10% (do not write 10%, calculate your position) of your class etc.

Add anything that puts your achievement into perspective — the only person from your town/village/school/institution to achieve this, the number of participants etc.


Versatility

SPJIMR Versatility

For the versatility section please make a list of all your areas of interest that fall out of the curricular and co-curricular category.

Do not approach it from the perspective of what evaluators might find attractive but rather look at the level of interest/achievement you have in that area. For example, if dancing is your biggest passion/interest then rank it first. Do not rush to rank social-service activities first.

If you have certificates and achievements great, but even if you do not, you can still go ahead and fill up three areas as long as you have a strong interest and have done more than your peers.

For example, if reading is a major passion, you will not have any certificates to show for the same! But use the description space to present how much you like reading — favourite genres, favourite authors, reading since age so and so, read so many books a month etc. Any genre is fine as long as it has some international/intellectual significance. For example, fantasy, science-fiction, historical fiction, all are fine. Just ensure that you do not cite Chetan Bhagat :-).

The same applies to any other area of interest that does not correspond with certificates. Applicants from this part of the world (TN & AP), please do not write watching movies since everyone does it. If you watch world cinema or any specific genre of movies a lot, are knowledgeable and can hold a conversation about the same then you can go ahead and mention movies.

Since this deals with versatility ensure that you choose three different areas. If you have participated in CSR activities at your workplace or volunteered for NGOs please include that as well.

Most importantly, when it comes to extracurriculars (not to be confused with interests), please understand that it is not a case of what you have done but what you have accomplished. So participation in various events is just that participation, no points for that, did you win anything is the question.

Again this does not apply to interest such as theatre or plays. For example, I will cite theatre or dramatics as an area of interest and cite that I have played major parts in plays right from my early schooling to college and PG, the high-point being a performing XYZ play directed by ABC etc.

Overall Versatility Rating: Rate yourself based on the diversity of things you have participated in and the level of interest across areas.

SPJIMR Overall Versatility


Responsibility Shouldered

SPJIMR Responsibility Shouldered

The two sections, personal and professional are clearly demarcated.

In the personal section, include any activity where you took or were given the responsibility. They can be

  • on-going or long-duration responsibilities such as helping you brother/sister in his/her education or guiding him/her throughout, taking up some household responsibility owing to a family situation (working parents), or
  • specific short-duration responsibilities such as arranging the wedding of a sibling or family member etc or having to help out your parent in a specific task etc.

In the professional section include responsibilities that you undertook that were not part of your KRAs or job description. They can be can be

  • handling responsibilities higher than your designation due to the absence of manpower
  • special projects/initiatives that you undertook or were given to you
  • organizing events at your workplace

In both cases use the description to put in perspective

  • the scale/importance of responsibility,
  • the role you played and
  • the quality of the outcome

Programme Details

Specialisation

This is possibly one of the most important aspects of applying to S.P.Jain — choosing the right specialization.

How does one go about this? The first question is whether you are applying with work experience or applying as a fresher.

Work-experience candidates should apply to the area in with the reason “relevant work-experience”. This has to be the first preference.

If you are applying with IT work-experience, unless you can really connect the nature of your work with another specialization, choose Information Management (IM). In previous years, applicants whose profiles did not match with the specialization they applied to have been reassigned to a different specialization! DO NOT make your first preference based on “special interest in this area”, make that your second preference.

In many cases, you might not find your profile relevant to any other area apart from the one in which you have work-ex. In this case, choose any of the areas as a second preference citing special interest in this area.

Freshers should apply only to Marketing or Finance.

Operations and IM both attract recruiters who are looking at people with relevant work-ex. The batches of both streams usually have an average work-ex of at least 2 years.

If your job profile involves being part of the design, procurement, production, quality control, maintenance, or logistics — anything that is part of the entire process of manufacturing and delivering a product or service (not IT products or services) — you can apply to Operations.

Mechanical engineering freshers also do not stand a chance of getting an Operations shortlist since management roles in Operations cannot be given to a fresher, recruiters look for candidates with hard-core ops work-ex.

The same thing applies to CSE/IT freshers applying to IM. Post an IM  degree you will be handling business roles in IT and there is no way you can take these roles up without having been part of a software product/services projects.

Non-engineering freshers such as Commerce, Economics or BBA graduates can apply to Finance. You can choose a second area as Marketing based on “done specialized courses in this area” or “special interest in this area”.

The reverse holds true for Engineering freshers, Marketing first and Finance next.

Please note that for Finance you will be competing with people who have “graduated in related area” such as the backgrounds mentioned above and CA. So do not mention it as your first preference unless you are really serious about it and are sure that despite your profile not being relevant you will get a shortlist through a stellar CAT score.

A safer option is to apply to Marketing (since recruiters in this sector look for freshers) based on  “special interest in this area” and Operations/Finance as a second preference under “done specialized courses in this area” or “special interest in this area”, whichever is relevant.

If you are mentioning Special Area Of Interest, you have to provide an explanation in 50 words.

Use this space to mention

  • why you like this specialization and how your skills or traits are aligned to the same and
  • the things you have done informally that demonstrate your special interest in this area.

You might have done a lot of things for which you have no certificates to show —

  • say organizing events in your college and firm or working unpaid for an event management for Marketing
  • following stock-markets or investing on your own keenly for finance
  • in both fields, you can mention the books that you have read to improve your knowledge of the same

The last part of the form is the work-experience details, the filling up of which should be pretty straightforward.

Also, freshers — internships DO NOT COUNT as work experience, whether it is done before or after college; work-experience needs to be full-time, paid, work. Start-ups can be counted as work-experience provided you have registered the firm and have proof of the same. Work experience in the family business also needs to be supported by salary slips.


Will I get a call from S.P.Jain?

If you look at the comments thread for this post you will see that there is a deluge of queries.

It is understandable. Everyone would be jumping at the chance to get a call at 85 and they just want to know if they can get a call.

Here is a simple way to figure out if you will get a call.

Profile Alignment + Exceptional Academic Profile (90,90,80) +  ECAs + CAT
Percentile of 85 = Profile-Based Call

Profile Alignment + Decent Academic Profile + CAT Percentile of 96-97 = Score-based Call

When you apply you are applying to have a shot at both calls.

Both calls are given out after the CAT score is out. So you qualify for either one or the other.

Each of the parameters above is mutually exclusive.

You need to score points on each count.

First Milestone — Profile-Specialization Alignment

Please understand that profiles are not evaluated independently of the specialization you have applied to.

Most aspirants think that profile-based calls evaluate the quality of your academics, extracurriculars, and work-ex in isolation. Wrong.

The question is never — do you have a good profile.

It is always — do you have a good profile for Marketing, Finance, Operations or IM.

So if you are planning to apply to specializations without following the guidelines above then you are taking a risk and you can rest assured that in all likelihood you will not get a call. This profile alignment applies to both score-based and profile based calls.

SPJIMR puts out the summary profiles of all the candidates who are part of the current batch. We took an exhaustive look at it and this is what we found:

MARKETING: 25 percent freshers, mixed educational background

FINANCE: 25 percent freshers, only 1 engineer

OPERATIONS: Only 1 fresher (city-topper in graduation), average work-ex of 2.5 years, 50% mechanical engineers

IM: No Freshers, only 2 students with less than 24 months of work-ex, all candidates had IT/Tech work-ex

Second Milestone — Academics

If you have more than one — X, XII or Graduation — less than 80 then a profile-based call is well-nigh ruled out.

Please understand that since they are giving out calls at 85 percentile, they will expect you to have the academic capability to handle a rigorous 2-year MBA program. The only way for them to check this is your past Academic profile.

You might have a 90 or 10 CGPA in your X, a 75 or 7.5 in your Grad, both of which are great, but if your XII marks are less than 80 due to your IIT attempt, then there is no way that with two 70s you can get a call unless you some insane spike in your work-ex or extracurriculars.

Most institutes now rate the profiles quantitatively so that there is not subjectivity involved — points for crossing particular slabs.

If X Marks have 10 points, then they are divided into slabs

  • 90 and above – 10 points
  • 85-90 – 8 points
  • 80-85 – 7 points

The above slabs are just representative.

So it is not that they are thinking — Oh, this candidate has grad marks below 80 but he has great work-ex let us walk into the sunset and debate his candidature.

You score or drop points based on the slabs and if you drop three points then it is tough to make it up elsewhere there are always enough people who tick the top-tier of all slabs and checkboxes.

Third Milestone — Extracurriculars

Extracurriculars kick in only after you have cleared the other two milestones. Given India’s population, you know that there would be enough people who clear the first two. This is where a good extracurriculars or versatility comes into the picture.

A good extra-curricular profile can be one that has a major achievement in one area — state/national-level sports, concert-level musician/dancer or any other achievement that clearly puts you in the top percentiles in that area — and one more interest which can be minor.

Another kind of profile can be one that has a lot of width — sports, music, social work, leadership — average achievements in one or two areas and minor in others.

I have had the odd student — an engineer with good academics and a big brand work-ex — who got a call for Finance but have not seen a single case where they eventually cleared even the first Group Interview. They themselves felt that the peer group they were sitting with was in a different league as far their knowledge and profile-match for Finance went. The same students made it to IIM-B and other big schools but could not clear the first Group Interview of SPJIMR.

So before commenting and asking me whether your profile is good, please do a sanity check above.

If you clear all the milestones your profile will be competitive.

But does it guarantee a call, it depends on the quality of the other applications.

For Finance, for example, you will be competing with candidates with two 90s and an 80 and a big brand Commerce college plus a CA/CPT/IPCC plus big brand work-ex plus social work and other extracurriculars.


What if I  DO NOT want to apply to the specialization my profile is aligned with?

Well very often, especially for those with IT work-ex, the whole point of an MBA is to escape IT and rediscovering one’s real passion:

  • Marketing — owing to an extroverted personality that puts people at ease or above-average exceptional communication skills or something that tells you that you will be great at making ads
  • Operations —  Mechanical Engineers, usually
  • Finance  —  it is either straightforward – the money and glamour associated with Finance as projected through Wall Street and Wolf of Wall Street, a fascination with stock markets knowing a thing or two about it and maybe having invested your own or someone else’s buck or two, a fascination with stock markets knowing nothing about it or a reason that is still inscrutable like the nature of God

So whatever your reason, if you want to change your domain — do not apply to SPJIMR. Both recruitments and admissions are aligned to profiles.

Does this mean that your MBA dreams are sealed?

Not really.

All other b-schools give you more leeway in that you are not asked about your choice of specializations in the application and in the interviews but only your reasons for an MBA in general.


What sort of profiles get calls

The whole idea of a profile-based call is to give calls out to exceptional profiles even if the CAT percentile is quite low.

From past data, it is very clear that they look at exceptional academic profiles first and then they look at other aspects of the profile. This is but understandable since the MBA is an academically rigorous course, so if they are letting you are a much lower level of CAT score, you need to have a much higher level of academic profiles. 

Think of it this way, they have a certain weight for X, XII, Grad, and CAT Score. If your X, II, Grad are so good that you will get very high marks for those, a lower CAT Score will suffice.

What is a good academic profile?

A 90/90/80 is par for a SPJIMR profile-based call.

It is pretty tough to get a profile-based call with lower marks than these, unless you have some crazy national level achievements or a professional degree such as a CA or CFA that is very relevant for a Finance specialization.


A rejection for a profile-based call is not a rejection of your profile

Do not take my comments about whether you will get a profile-based call or not as a referendum on the quality of your profile for MBA applications in general and become despondent!

Also, do not take rejection from SPJIMR for a profile-based call as a rejection of your profile. SPJIMR will give you a score-based call, even after rejecting you for a profile-based call if you score above 96-97 percentile!

Another thing, I do not blog for a living, I am the Chief Learning Officer for IMS and do this out of my interest over and above my daily responsibilities. Why am telling you this? So that you don’t get jittery if you do not receive an immediate reply and post — Sir, please reply sir comments 🙂 You will usually get a reply anywhere within a minute to 36 hours depending on my schedule.

This has already been a super-long post. Hope I have covered most of the stuff needed to fill the form and give you a fair idea of whether you will get a call.

I would like you to post a comment only if you feel that you have a query that the post does not answer and please do not post a query without mentioning which specialisation you want to apply to.

I can easily make out if someone has only skimmed through the post and dumped their profile in the comments looking for a quick-fix and would not bother to reply, you might as well read the post again and improve your RC skills  🙂

272 Comments

  1. Yastika says

    Hello Sir! I saw this post a few days back but I couldn’t leave a comment at that time. Happy to see that it’s open again.
    I want to apply for profile based call. My team was the winner of *IMS Case Champions* so I got really excited to apply for a profile based call.
    I’m only concerned about my graduation score.
    I had got 93.4% in X, 88.4% in XII (100 marks in one subject) and I have just finished B. Architecture from Delhi. I have consistently scored 8.5 CGPA in all 4 years and will probably get a similar CGPA in the fifth one. But my college provides CPI(Cumulative Performance Index) at the end of five years and after calculating the CPI, I found out that I will end up having a CPI of around 74 (which is considered equivalent to percentage of marks) which is less even though I have always been among top 3 in my batch.
    Extracurriculars: I have won more than 3 District level Chess tournaments in my school time. Secured Merit Rank 1 in HSTES B. Arch Admission list 2015. Have presented a skit and won a State Level Legal Literacy Competition. Won various Interschool competitions in Basketball, theatre(mime) and dance as well.
    In my college, I was a part of the theatre society and won First position in intercollege Street Play Competition. Also won an Inter Collegiate basketball tournament. As an architecture student, I participated in various national level design competitions, honorable mention in one of them. Have done two design courses by NPTEL and IIT-R and secured good test scores.

    I want to opt for marketing as I’m a fresher from a design field and have learnt how to present my work in a creative way.
    Let me know if I have a chance to get a profile based call..

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    • Hi Yastika,

      Congratulations on winning the case competition!

      Given the diversity of your education, gender and ECAs you stand a good chance to get a call for Marketing. There is a slim chance that the academic might throw a spanner in the works but as I said the chance is slim

      Do let me know if you get a call.

      All the best!

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  2. Praveen Singh says

    Sir, based on the above info, I can easily analyze that there is fat chance for me to get a profile based call. Sir I am a Dentist with one year (year completes on Jan 2021) of work experience with substandard academics (83/73/63…telling just for giving a bit clear picture) and also a two year break after XII (was prepping for NEET).
    My Question for you that Is there any criteria or anything where I may get benefitted in this all selection criteria or it’s better to not apply for this college.
    Also my interest is in Marketing. What’s your opinion in this Sir. Also, if you have any suggestion then please do share.

    Sir, one more query I have that Is it important to have any certification program or something to show my interest towards Marketing (as all my friends are suggesting for this). Will that help me further as I haven’t done any yet but will surely do one or two, if necessary. Please, brief about this also. Thank You.

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    • Hi Praveen,

      Your evaluation is more or less spit on.

      Better to save application money and apply to another college.

      You have to show some proof that you have translated your professed interest in Marketing into some concrete action. From that point of view, yes, doing certifications will help you have a conversation with the panel.

      All the best!

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      • Praveen Singh says

        Sir, When should I do the certifications? Could I do it after exams or I should go for it now? And is there any suggestive certification by you regarding marketing. Please tell.
        My interest in marketing is solely because I find myself good with people as I experienced in my dentistry (in handling and motivating patients).

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  3. pikesh says

    sir score based call is possible at ~97%ile even if someone is YD?
    Profile- GEM (Mechanical) 10 / 8.6 / 7.2

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  4. pikesh says

    sir score based call is possible at ~97%ile even if someone has a Year Drop and completed engineering in 1 year extra?
    Profile- GEM (Mechanical) 10 / 8.6 / 7.2

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    • Hi Ketan,

      The purpose of the post was to help students self-evaluate and make an application otherwise I might as well have asked everyone to mail me their resumes!

      All the best!

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      • Ketan Nanaware says

        Hello Sir,
        Though you mentioned 90/90/80 would be par for SPJIMR, the only reason I wanted to share my resume with you was, that I wanted to know even after having a decent past academic record will the work experience be helpful to get a profile-based call and not that I just skimmed through the post and I was straight away here in the comments section for a quick fix. And since I have work-ex in supply chain management in an Automobile Industry will it be enough to compensate for avg past academics?

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      • Well to put it mathematically,

        Average Acads + Profile Alignment + CAT Percentile 96-97 = Score-based Call

        Exceptional Acads + Profile Alignment + CAT Percentile 85 = Profile-based call

        In both cases the profile alignment of relevant work-ex or educational background is a must.

        The decrease in 10 percentile needs to be made up by exceptional Acads and ECAs.

        While Ops jobs are not that common, the top graduation colleges generate enough Ops jobs to be able to easily fill SP’s Ops batch.

        Hope this clarifies,

        All the best!

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  5. Arvind says

    Sir
    10th 9.4 CGPA
    12th 95.5
    UG (Mechanical Engineering) 69.6
    Work ex – 18 months Approximately
    What are my chances?And what should I fill in the specialisation even though I do not have much idea about operations specifically.Can I choose marketing and operations.Kindly need your suggestions.

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    • Hi Arvind,

      Not easy with the Grad marks under 70. Unless you have solid Ops work-ex of at least 18 months, Ops is ruled out.

      Your profile does not seem aligned to Marketing, since I assume you have 18 months of IT work-ex.

      You are better off applying to other colleges since SPJIMR is very clear on profile alignment, there are enough and more other colleges.

      All the best!

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  6. tarun says

    Hi Sir,
    Initially, while discussing the milestone, you mentioned 80 in X & XII and a 75 in Grad is good.
    However, while concluding you seem to be sceptic about profiles with scores less than 90/90/80.

    I feel a little confused, given my scores are 85.5/83/78.
    Also, I have a degree in Computer Science & Engineering with a work experience of 24+ months in a US-based software company as a developer.

    additionally, I’ve published two research papers.
    I have held positions of responsibility in my college’s IEEE student chapter and the Mathematical society.
    I have won intra-college tech competition on IoT(at NIT-Trichy) and Computer Vision(UVCE-Bangalore). Also, have good ranks(national & international) in two coding competitions organised by IEEE. Are these achievements counted given that anybody could participate and they aren’t state or national events?

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    • Hi Tarun,

      You have me confused now since I nowhere mentioned that 80 and 75 are good.

      Lines from the post:

      If you have more than one — X, XII or Graduation — less than 80 then a profile-based call is well-nigh ruled out.

      A 90/90/80 is par for a SPJIMR profile-based call.

      From past data, it is very clear that they look at exceptional academic profiles first and then they look at other aspects of the profile. This is but understandable since the MBA is an academically rigorous course, so if they are letting you are a much lower level of CAT score, you need to have an exceptional academic profile.

      You should apply to IM since you have some achievements. The chances are not very high but one can still try all the same. The only reason to not apply is if you feel that you cannot cross a 95 percentile and hence stand no chance to get a score-based call if you do not get a profile-based one.

      Hope this clarifies,

      All the best!

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      • Hi Tony,
        Thanks for the clarification. I’ll still go ahead and apply. I feel I will be able to cross 95.

        Since there’s a misunderstanding, I would want to clarify, the statement that confused was:
        “You might have a 90 or 10 CGPA in your X, a 75 or 7.5 in your Grad, both of which are great, but if your XII marks are less than 80 due to your IIT attempt, then there is no way that with two 70s you can get a call unless you some insane spike in your work-ex or extracurriculars.”
        And I do have a relevant work ex. I am not sure about the extracurricular

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  7. Conclusively, I was hoping you could tell me about my chances in the institute’s IM specialization.

    Also about some achievements that I could exclude.
    Or something from a non-IT domain that I could perhaps include.

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  8. Yash says

    Hi Sir, this is an extremely helpful post, thank you!
    I have some doubts with respect to what qualifies as an academic achievement.
    To elaborate, I haven’t topped any exam specifically. However I did have scores above 94 in both my 10th and 12th.
    In my CFA L1 exam, i was in above 90 percentile threshold too, however i do not intend to pursue Finance further and will be going ahead with the Marketing specialization, therefore I am confused whether i should even mention my CFA L1 results at all.
    Wrt Journals, Research Papers, unfortunately i don’t have anything relevant.
    Can you please guide me wrt this aspect of the application?

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    • Hi Yash,

      You should apply to Marketing first and Finance next since that is your preference and in that context, you should mention your CFA to get whatever points you will need to get a call.

      Once you get a call it is up to you to convince them in the interview.

      Hope this helps,

      All the best!

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  9. Mrinal Mukherjee says

    Hello Sir,

    Quick Profile Snapshot –

    General – Male – Non-Engineer
    Percentages – 91/83/76
    Some ECCs- Student Council, Cyber Olympiad – State Rank 94, Volunteering for the Visually challenged
    College -St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
    Work Experience – 1.4 years with Harvard Business School’s South Asian Research Center and internships at Finance Minister’s Office(letter signed by the FM himself) in Maharashtra and Teach For India.

    The only point I am worried about is that I took a gap of 3 years after college to prepare for UPSC exams that didn’t pan out properly.

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    • Hi Mrinal,

      Lines from the post:

      If you have more than one — X, XII or Graduation — less than 80 then a profile-based call is well-nigh ruled out.

      A 90/90/80 is par for a SPJIMR profile-based call.

      From past data, it is very clear that they look at exceptional academic profiles first and then they look at other aspects of the profile. This is but understandable since the MBA is an academically rigorous course, so if they are letting you are a much lower level of CAT score, you need to have an exceptional academic profile.

      Hope this clarifies,

      All the best!

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  10. Kalpesh says

    Hello Sir,

    First i want to say a big thank you for all your efforts that you are putting here. I am working for reliance jio from last 3 years and havent been in touch with studies like maths and all but i have started studying and i think i can at least clear 90 percentile range. so according to you what are my chances to get a call from SP Jain ?

    Regards
    Kalpesh

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    • Kalpesh says

      Sorry sir i forgot to mention my academic performance –
      10th – 88%
      12th – 74%
      B.E. – 68%

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      • Hi Kalpesh,

        Lines from the post:

        If you have more than one — X, XII or Graduation — less than 80 then a profile-based call is well-nigh ruled out.

        A 90/90/80 is par for a SPJIMR profile-based call.

        All the best!

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      • Kalpesh says

        Hello Sir,

        Yes, I was referring to a profile based call..i understood your point that i should have above 80 in my 10/12/B.E but i thought having 3 years of work ex if to be precise total of 40 months work ex with jio and that too with a great profile will definitely fetch me a call if i also score 90+. i mixed both this core-based call or a profile-based call parameters my bad😅

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  11. Gaurav Boralkar says

    Other than paper presentation, can engineers put names of any academia related competitions that they might have won? Hackathons etc.

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  12. SUHAS says

    Hello sir,
    10th – 89%
    12th – 95.5%
    B.E – 70.57%
    work ex- 2.5 years in IT and applying for IM specialization.
    I was part of rural development program in my native. In helping below poverty people to get facility from government like food grains.
    Any chance of getting profile based call?

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  13. Ujjawal ghosh says

    Hello Sir,

    This is Ujjawal, a final year undergrad from NIT Surat.
    My academic records in X/XII/ Grad are 93.1/89.8/71.6.

    Currently, besides my college studies, I’m also working on my own-founded, a year-old start-up with a Team size of 10 members.
    I want to go ahead in Marketing, I have done 2 Internships in Marketing & also have worked in a start-up for 6 months during my Sophomore, I have also done 2 certified courses in Marketing, have taken Marketing as my Elective during my Pre-final Year. Also, I’m a Gold Medalist in International Mathematics Olympiad in 2015-16. Besides these all in Co-curricular activities’ I was the Co-Convenor of the Sponsorship Committee for my College fest and have been Publicity Executive member of my college fest during Fresher year. Also, I do Film-making, have made several films, after-movies of my college events and also a guitarist, have performed in several events since 2013.

    Can you please suggest me, what are the chances of mine to get a Profile-based call from SPJIMR?

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  14. Dibyadyuti Bhadra says

    Hello Sir,
    Academic Records-
    icse-95%
    isc-79%
    B.Tech- 72%
    Projects-
    1.GRID AUTOMATED IRRIGATION SYSTEM, 2.BIOMETRIC EVM DEVELOPMENT.
    Internships-
    1.Trainee Distribution Automation and SCADA in CESC Ltd.
    2. CCNA and Ethical Hacking at Indian School of Ethical Hacking
    3.Campus Coordinator Internship with NEO Foundation at National Engineering Olympiad 3.0
    4.Interned under Lions Clubs International from November 2018 to January 2019
    5.Interned under IMS India Pvt. Ltd
    Technical Activities-
    1.Completed Career Edge – Knockdown the Lockdown online course offered by TCS iON
    2. Coursera Certified in Preparing to Manage Human Resources by University of Minnesota
    3. Participated in KSHITIJ 2020, Techno Management Fest of IIT Kharagpur
    4. Participant at Illuminate, Case Study Competition at IIM Calcutta
    CULTURAL ACTIVITIES
    1. Scholarship for Western Dance from Jadavpur University IBTIDA 19
    2.College Representative at Spring Fest 2020, Cultural Fest of IIT Kharagpur
    3.College Representative at Xavotsav 20, Kolkata
    4.Winners in Fashion Show Event 2019 and 2020 at NIFT Kolkata
    5.Runners Up in Fashion Show Event at Heritage, Kolkata
    6. Campus Ambassador at Srijan 19, IIT ISM Dhanbad
    SOCIAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES
    ❖ Organizer of Blood Donation Camp, on 13th September2018 in association with NSS Unit at NSEC
    ❖ Organizer of Yoga Camp on 30.8.18 in association with NSS Unit at NSEC
    ❖ Working Coordinator at Pankh Foundation NGO.
    ❖ 2nd Runners up in Chess at UMANG 19, The Bhawanipur Education Society
    ❖ Winner in Rifle Shooting at UMANG 19, The Bhawanipur Education Society
    ❖ Kabaddi Participant at Zest 18-19 Annual Inter College Sports of NSEC
    ❖ Core Team member at NSEC ECE Alumni Associatio

    Where do I stand in case of getting a profile based call, If I secure 85 percentile + in CAT. How should I work on my Profile?

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  15. Hello Sir

    Credentials-
    X-85.4
    XII- 92.4
    Grad(Sc Grad/Miranda House)- 75.6
    Work Ex- 18 months in Sales(Ed Tech Industry)

    Any chances at all Sir?

    Thanks
    Shubhangi

    P.S.-Your blog really helps all of us.A big Thank You for the same.

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  16. Srivathsa says

    Hello Sir
    Xth–90.16
    XII–95.4
    B.E-71.40
    Wrk Exp:- 2.5+ yrs in IT and applying for IM.
    What are my chances of getting a profile based call from SPJAIN.

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    • Hi Srivastha,

      Okay chances of getting a call, your profile will be competitive. Depends on the ECAs of the other applicants.

      All the best!

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  17. Hi Tony sir,
    After graduation I have worked only for 2 months in operations then i resigned,should i mention this in form? Or Despite mentioning can i apply for marketing?

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  18. PHANEENDRA KULKARNI says

    Hello Sir,
    My Profile
    Xth–95
    XII–93.1
    B.E-71
    Wrk Exp:- 0 as sir i graduated this year itself in 2020

    Academic achievements :-
    Won Overall AIR-2nd in a Gokart project which i took responsibility as captain
    Participated in Compudon season-3 and was awarded as Microsoft specialist and was the only student from hyderabad who was selected out all schools in hyderabad
    Awarded Certificate of EXCELLENCE in Studies and Co-Curricular Activities by the University
    Awarded with a High Merit Certificate twice in GESE (Graded Examination in Spoken English) conducted by the Trinity College of London

    Co-curricular achievement :- Won 2nd Place and was awarded a silver medal in 21st SHOTOKAN NATIONAL KARATE CHAMPIONSHIP-2008. All over India around 600 participants were there sir

    Research paper:-
    Influence of SiC and TiO2 on the Cure Characteristics and Mechanical Properties of Natural Rubber Composites.
    Presented at ICONAMMA 2019 Conference and the paper published in Elsevier’s Journal by this oct sir.

    What are my chances of getting a profile based call from SPJAIN.

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  19. Jyoti Arora says

    Hello Sir,
    Good evening!
    Here’s my credentials-
    X- 10 CGPA
    XII- 93.60%
    B.E.(ECE)-82.20%
    ACHIEVEMENT- AIR 22 in MATHS OLYMPIAD
    But I have work ex of only 6 months and a drop of 10 months till now .
    Which specialisation should I apply for ?
    What are my chances of getting a profile base call from SPJAIN?

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    • Hi Jyoti,

      Your profile is competitive; you stand an okay chance of getting a call for Marketing, the only drawback is no ECAs.

      All the best!

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  20. Chetan Sonawane says

    Hello Sir,
    My academics as follows:
    10th-94%
    12th-88%
    BE Mech-9.01 CGPA (79%)
    Work ex-12 months (Operations-Quality Control)
    Apart from this I have achieved Lean Six Sigma certification. Scored 99 above percentile (AIR 3377) in GATE 2019. I am currently working use of Data Science in operations (inspired through lean six sigma). Also I have participated in various competitions related to Mechanical engineering. Organized 2 events at college fest (although not IIT or NIT).

    So do I hold chances of profile based call?

    Thank You!

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  21. Anupam says

    Hello,
    Little confused out here.
    I am experienced professional with around 3 years of experience in IT services. With mediocre acads in 10+2 and grads, I am assuming I won’t get profile based call. But if I score north of 96 percentile in CAT, will I be facing problem again due to profile during score based process?

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    • Hi Anupam,

      Mentioned in the post:

      Also, do not take rejection from SPJIMR for a profile-based call as a rejection of your profile. SPJIMR will give you a score-based call, even after rejecting you for a profile-based call if you score above 96-97 percentile!

      All the best!

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  22. Hello Sir,
    My Profile
    Xth–95
    XII–93.1
    B.E-71
    Wrk Exp:- 0 as sir i graduated this year itself in 2020

    Academic achievements :-
    Won Overall AIR-2nd in a Gokart project which i took responsibility as captain
    Participated in Compudon season-3 and was awarded as Microsoft specialist and was the only student from hyderabad who was selected out all schools in hyderabad
    Awarded Certificate of EXCELLENCE in Studies and Co-Curricular Activities by the University
    Awarded with a High Merit Certificate twice in GESE (Graded Examination in Spoken English) conducted by the Trinity College of London

    Co-curricular achievement :- Won 2nd Place and was awarded a silver medal in 21st SHOTOKAN NATIONAL KARATE CHAMPIONSHIP-2008. All over India around 600 participants were there sir

    Research paper:-
    Influence of SiC and TiO2 on the Cure Characteristics and Mechanical Properties of Natural Rubber Composites.
    Presented at ICONAMMA 2019 Conference and the paper published in Elsevier’s Journal by this oct sir.

    What are my chances of getting a profile based call from SPJAIN. for Ops and Marketing

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    • Hi Phani,

      You have a decent shot at a Marketing shortlist, chances of an Ops shortlist are on the lower side since they look for atleast 18 months of work-ex.

      To maximise your chances of getting a call then apply to Marketing citing area of interest, and Ops next.

      All the best!

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  23. stutij1995gmailcom says

    Hello Sir Thank you for writing such a detailed post it is really helpful.
    There is a question which I am fairly confused about is that I have 3 years of experience as Embedded Firmware Engineer and I want to make a career in Product Management . I have a done a few certification courses from Coursera related to Marketing and Product management .I have a few patents also on my name .What should be my preferred specilisation for SP Jain ?Given I don’t have any experience in marketing apart from a few minor responsibilities at work

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    • Hi Stuti,

      Your work-ex might be a bit high for Marketing.

      Apply to IM first and Marketing next citing area of interest.

      Tech firms will recruit people from IM since even for Prod Mgt roles they look at people with good tech work-ex.

      All the best!

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  24. Rajat says

    Hello Sir,
    Applying for : IM
    My Profile :
    10th : 93
    12th: 89.4
    Grad : 73.9 (CSE branch from top NIT, 2017 pass out)
    Work Ex: 40 months (Software development in one of world’s leading semiconductor companies)

    Academic Achievements: Nothing much except a very good JEE mains and advanced rank. JEE main and 12th board percentile in high 99. Also school topper in 12th.

    Extra curriculars : Some event management experience in college(fest and a club). Winner of a gaming competition and debate competition.

    Please comment on my chances for profile based call.

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  25. Hello sir

    My acads (88.8/91.2/79.2 till 6 sem)in electrical engineering from tier 3 college. My acads are good enough, I reckon but I don’t know if university/college reputation can have me rejected, notwithstanding other factors

    I have 2 virtual internships in the field of marketing , that I took up- one during summer vacations, one during college duration and one because the offices were closed so couldn’t get a full time internship.

    The biggest caveat I have regarding this is that I don’t have any worthwhile extra curricular achievements. I only have 3 college level wins in literary events.

    Also one more thing is if I apply for profile based call, do I need to apply for score based call separately or is that covered in this form only?

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    • Hi A,

      Quality of college as of now does not play of quantitative role in the selection process.

      Apply to Marketing, it is a common application, if you do not get a profile-based call, you will get a score-based call provided you score 96-plus.

      All the best!

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      • Thanks for the quick reply sir!

        What should I do about lack of extra curricular/academic achievements?

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      • Thanks for the quick reply sir!

        Would the lack of extra curricular/academic achievements, come into consideration for score based call as well?

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      • Thanks for the quick reply sir!

        Would the lack of extra curricular/academic achievements, come into consideration for score based call as well?

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  26. KRISHNAMONI KAKATI says

    Sir, Thanks a lot for this post. Its very helpful. But I am very confused with my profile. My acads are 94.6/89/9/77.52. I was 2 times champion of inter district quiz competition. was also school GS. Constantly tropper in my school and college. I have some certifications in marketing. Do I have any chance to get call in marketing .

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  27. Tushar says

    Hello sir,

    In which section can I highlight own startup experience in the application form?

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  28. Prithvi Raj says

    Hello sir,

    My acads are 83.5/90.4/64.1
    Workex: 3+years (40 months to be precise) with Amazon (Concession abuse prevention team)
    Also, in my grad, I took up responsibility of getting sponsorship for my College cultural fest.
    Considering that my grad scores weren’t upto the mark, do I’ve any chance of profile based call, sir?

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  29. Prithvi Raj says

    Hello sir,
    My acads are 83.5/90.4/64.1
    Workex: 3+years (40 months to be precise) with Amazon (Concession abuse prevention team)
    As my grad score wasn’t upto the mark, do I’ve any chance of profile based call, sir?

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  30. NAKSHTRA RAHANE says

    I HAVE 94.60 percentage in 10th,70.15 in 12th and 7.54 CGPA in graduation,but most importantly I have completed my graduation from SPCE,ie in the same campus as S.P.jain.S.P.C.E ans S.P.Jain are sister institutes will I get any previlege being from the same college(Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan’s Andheri campus).I have attended all the college festivals and even convocation ceremony of SPJAIN for 4 years of engineering

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  31. Anushree Patange says

    Hi Sir,
    This post has been very helpful.
    My academics are 92/ 87/ 67 (Chemical Engineering- ICT, Mumbai)
    I have 2 years of work experience in Product Management in a FinTech firm.
    Academic Achievements- Scholarship for 100/100 in Mathematics in HSC board. Constant school topper. Top 3 in Junior college.
    Extra curricular- Organized a marathon (CSR activity), organized a chemical festival, captained college football team.

    My grad scores are on the lower side, any chances of getting calls for Marketing?

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    • Hi Anushree,

      Will not rule a call for Marketing, but chances are on the lower side. Apply if you feel you will cross 96 and stand a chance for a score-based call.

      All the best!

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  32. Isha says

    Hi Sir!
    I had a doubt regarding ‘Specialized course(s) in chosen area’. Will completed certified courses from Coursera or other such issuing organisations come under this category?

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  33. Sandeep says

    Hi Sir,

    Read the blog very carefully, but I have a confusion whether I should give SPJMIR a shot or not. I have a decent Academic record (84/84/78), an engineer with 39 years of Work-Ex in Telecom Operation, as of now. Decent extra-curricular record having achieved positions in Basketball college level events and represented my school too, but I have organised a national level paper presentation event, with the capacity of head organizer in my college days.
    I think I have a mixed kind of profile, in some area it is I think good enough but in some not as par. I have many doubts regarding my Work-Ex, is it too much or its ok to have such amount of experience. I have a year drop too after my 12th.

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    • Sandeep says

      I too have worked with a volunteer organization for social service, handled social media for the organization with ample amount of field work too. I don’t have any certificate for that, but huge amount of experience 😛

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    • Hi Sandeep,

      Am I reading right? 39 years of work-ex?

      If it is “years” then all institutes will accept you only for a 1-year program so no point applying.

      If it is months you can apply to Ops, it is not on the higher side, chances of a call are low given the academic profile.

      All the best!

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  34. Pratyasha Priyadarshini says

    Hello sir,
    My acads are 95/79/71.5
    Workex: 2+years with IBM
    Which specialisation should I apply for ?
    What are my chances of getting a profile base call from SPJAIN?

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    • Hi Pratyasha,

      As the post makes it clear, you can only to IM.

      The academic profile is not competitive enough for a profile-based call, chances are slim. If you are confident of crossing 96 for a score-based call then do apply.

      All the best!

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  35. Bipasha Roy says

    Hello sir,
    My academics score are as follows:
    10th- 91.2%(5th in my class)
    12th- 90%(1st in my class and 5th in the district)
    Graduation in finance- 94%( was on the 1st position for 2 years straight but in the last year secured a position in the batch).
    Sir, I am interested in Finance, also have a 2 months of internship under a CA, a certification on digital marketing ( my 2nd preference would be marketing),
    participated and secured 3rd position in the Investor fair quiz competition organized by NSE, winner of the IT fest competition in the college twice, was the member of social service cell in the college and have been to a NGOs, SOS village, old age homes, secured 1st position in intrastate volleyball and Kho-Kho tournament. Represented my school as the headgirl in std 12th and Discipline incharge in std 10th and have managed few school level events.
    Please let me know if I can get a profile based call.
    thank you

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    • Hi Bipasha,

      Quite a competitive profile for Fin, you should apply, high chances that you will get a call. Do let me know later through the comments.

      All the best!

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  36. Vibhav Kaushik says

    Hi Sir
    My Academics are not good, in fact they are disastrous to Apply for a B-School like S P Jain.
    10th :- 8.4 CGPA (rounding off to 79.8%)
    12th :- 74.2%
    B.Tech :- 69.72%
    Work Experience of almost 2.4 months in HRMS Software Industry.
    And i have more than a dozen points to mention for Extra Curricular activities.
    Is there any chance to even get a call for interview ?

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  37. Namrata says

    Hello Sir,
    I am a fresher from engineering background. I wanted to ask can we mention paid internships from reputed fintech companies in any field? Also would scholarships where I was shortlisted in a batch of about 1000 students but couldn’t get the final thing worth mentioning?

    My acads are:
    X – 10 CGPA
    XII – 95.6%
    Undergrad – 8.59 (up to 6th Sem) Banasthali Vidyapith

    What are my chances of getting a profile based call?

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    • Hi Namrata,

      Paid internship is not work-ex, only full-time employment post your graduation is work-ex.

      Assuming you are applying to Finance, your chances are decent but not sure-shot, you can apply.

      All the best!

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  38. kavya says

    Hello Sir,
    My acads are 90/96/86.With 3 years of work ex as a tester, Can I opt marketing as first preference or IM considering there is no relevant work exp with marketing.

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  39. Aditya Ravindran says

    Hello Sir. My scores so far have been 10.0/88.2/81.6. Co-curricular and extra-curricular achievements include CBSE Merit Certificates, a winning a global student entrepreneurship competition, participation in school plays, student council positions at the school and university level, fest organizing committee positions, quizzing prizes and social service activity, among others. I also possess 12 months of work experience in investment banking. I was wondering if I can hope for a profile-based call for the finance stream, because I am not sure about my co-curriculars and extra-curriculars standing out…

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  40. Hi Sir,

    My academic record:

    1. Class X: CGPA 10.0
    2. Class XII: 88.6%
    3. Undergrad: 81.6%

    Co-curricular and extra-curricular achievements include CBSE Merit certificates, winner of international-level entrepreneurship competitions, social service certifications, public speaking awards at the school level and Student Council positions at the school and University level, among others.

    I also have 12 months of work experience in investment banking at the analyst level. I was wondering if I stand a chance for a profile-based call.

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  41. Shikha Bisen says

    Hello sir,
    My acads are 94/94.5/67.19
    Workex: 2+years with Deloitte
    ECA-2 times state gold medal in Sports.
    What are my chances of getting a profile base call from SPJAIN?

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      • Shikha Bisen says

        I did my graduation in Computer Science from Delhi University. Working as an analyst in Deloitte for the past 2 years. Please do let me know if there is any chance for me to get a profile-based call.

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      • Hi Shikha,

        Your profile will be competitive for IM and you should apply.

        The grad marks under 70 is where you will lose a few points, so it all depends on the quality of the other applicants.

        All the best!

        Like

  42. Anwesha Rath says

    Hello,
    I am working in EY, and want to further pursue consultancy. What is the specialisation I should opt for?

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    • Hi Anwesha,

      For consult roles honestly, SPJIMR might not be the best place. You are better off looking at Gen Mgt. programs.

      All the best!

      Like

  43. sanya sinha says

    Good Morning Sir,

    Hope you are having a great weekend.
    It’s wonderful to go through the insights you have shared with us regarding the doubts every MBA aspirant has while applying to SPJIMR.
    My doubt here is:
    I have a 10 CGPA in X,
    a 93.8 % in higher secondary and,
    a 8.6 CGPA in grads.
    Moreover, until Aug 2020 i have a workex of 2 years in HPE(Hewlett Packard Enterprise).
    I have bagged numerous accolades for national and state level sports tournaments.
    What are my chances of getting into SPJIMR?

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    • Hi Sanya,

      Most people seem to have major issues with RC since even after reading the whole post, I am getting queries without mentioning the specialization for which they are applying.

      Assuming you are applying to IM, you have a very good chance of getting a call.

      All the best!

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  44. abhinay says

    Hello sir,
    I am General Engineer Male candidate
    My academics are 98/98/82
    Presently working in Manufacturing based PSU with around 15 months experience
    Academic achievements- School and college topper in 10th and 12th
    My ECA include volunteering with NGO, Won district level quiz competition, Taken tuition classes for students.
    What are the chances of getting a profile call ?
    Thank you.

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  45. Hi Sir,
    Thanks for the informative post!
    My profile is 92.77%/90.15%/81.49%(9.59 CGPI), GMAT-730(cleared sectionals according to SPJIMR)
    Engineering Graduate 2018
    11 months experience in software domain in a leading consulting firm
    11 months experience as risk analyst in Financial services(till DEC)
    4 months gap between two jobs ,currently working in the risk analyst job mentioned above
    Extra curriculars:
    Creative Writing: Achievements at college level and pursuing as a hobby
    Organizing Events: Assistant Event Head,Event Head,etc
    Presentations: Achievements in both business and technical presentations at college level, also got the opportunity to do it while on job

    Do I have a chance of SPJIMR call ?either score or profile cum score based?
    And planning to apply 1.Finance 2.IM .Any suggestions regarding order of preferences?

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    • Hi,

      Your profile is competitive for Finance and a call is possible but since it is very competitive, it will depend on the number of CAs, CFAs, applying and stuff.

      Worth applying as per your plan since work-ex is not exactly skewed towards IM.

      All the best!

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  46. Shubham says

    Good Evening Sir,

    My acads are 95 % , 89.2% and 8.7 cgpa(77.43 % ). I have a workex of 2+ years in TCS. I have been a part of many MUN’s . I have won district level quiz competitions . Played table tennis at both state and district levels . Achieved AIR 17 in NCDE . Been a member of student council in both school and college . I was wondering if I stand a chance for a profile-based call ? Also could you please suggest order of preferences .

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    • Hi Shubham,

      Your ECAs seem pretty good.

      Apply to the field in which you want to build your career since in the interview you have to convince them that you will be a great fit for a particular specialization.

      If you think you will do well in business roles in IT/Tech apply to IM first since you will be able to leverage your work-ex (for your career not admit).

      If you hate IT and want to start afresh in Marketing, apply to it first.

      All the best!

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  47. Nivek A V says

    Hi Tony Sir,

    I have acads of 95/96/81.6(B.Tech EEE, NITC) with work ex of 1.5 years in IT industry by December 2020, I had applied to SP last year and got shortlisted for score based call for marketing but could not clear the first round, I don’t consider myself an extrovert, so I’m not sure if I should apply marketing again, I would like to know whether I could keep finance as my second option with IM being first, even though I don’t have any academic background to support my interest in finance (apart from the fact that my firm deals in stock market advising even though my job is pure software related) or should I give marketing once again? (Last time my preferences were marketing followed by finance). Is my profile good enough for a final admit offer to IM as I saw that the batch has 2+years of work ex in your analysis above.

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    • Hi Nivek,

      While first calls are usually possible with great Acads, the final call is based on complete alignment with the specialization.

      So unless you have a resume and a solid interest in Marketing, you cannot convince the panel.

      In your case, the second preference is just a formality since you do not have a strong case for both Marketing and Finance.

      Your best bet is IM, you will get a call, if you do well in the interview, you should be able to get an admit since you have 1.5 years and will cross 2 at the time of joining.

      All the best!

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